Holiday Gift Guide features YourNovel.com

Nation Alist magazine features personalized romance novel in its Gift Guide.

We are delighted to be included on page 74 in the Nation Alist’s Holiday Gift Guide published in November just in time for the holiday season. The magazine featured our latest title, Wild West Love Fest, and this write-up:

Star in your own personalized romance novel
In our novels, any couple can play the starring roles as hero or heroine.
With 50+ books and ebooks set in exotic locations around the world, there’s something for everyone (even vampire, detective, golf and historical fiction). Our authors blend action and romance to produce fun campy books for a one-of-a-kind gift or keepsake. Choose “Categories: to narrow in our yours! All books are Made in the USA

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October is National Book Month 2017 – be the star in one of our books! CONTEST CLOSED

October is one of our favorite months because it’s National Book Month, and we publish some very special books.

To celebrate, we’re hosting our annual National Book Month Giveaway where you can win a very special book – one where you and your Sweetheart are the stars in a personalized romance-adventure novel. Personalized, yes, with 26 bits of info about you. We have paperbacks, hardbacks and ebooks, with 50+ titles to choose from, set all over the world and available at www.YourNovel.com. And each one stars you!

If you’d like a chance to win your choice of any book on our website, ebook, paperback or hardback with or without a photo added, enter here.

THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED AS OF 11/01/17, AND A WINNER HAS BEEN CHOSEN.

 

Rules and requirements to enter YourNovel.com’s National Book Month Giveaway 2017:

  • No purchase is necessary.
  • You must supply your full name, email address and follow us on at least one of our Twitter accounts (if you already follow us, you can enter anyway). Each follow earns you entries, and if you retweet, you will get more. You can also earn extra entries by signing up for our Enewsletter or our Instagram accounts.
  • The contest is open to U.S. and Canada entries only.
  • Void where prohibited by law.
  • You must be 18 years of age or older to enter.
  • One winner will be chosen at random thru the Giveaway Tools.
  • This contest ends October 31, 2017, at 11:59 PM, EST, and the winner will be notified within 48 hours.
  • The winner will be contacted by email and announced on our social media sites.
  • The winner will be given a Gift Card Code that can be redeemed for any type of personalized romance novel on the YourNovel.com site.
  • The Gift Card Code will expire one year from the date issued.
  • Gift Card Codes have no cash value; only redemption value on the YourNovel.com site.
  • All entries become the property of YourNovel.com and may be posted in full or in part on our website, blog, Facebook, or Twitter pages.
  • This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other entity unless otherwise specified.
  • The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.
    The closing date for entries is October 31, 2017. Enter Now!

You can’t win unless you enter, but if you’d like to order a book regardless, here’s a discount code for 15% off your order until October 31, 2017.

During the online ordering process, when asked for your Promotional Code, put in NBM15% and you’ll get 15% off any product(s) you order. NBM15% may be used as many times as you’d like and can be shared with friends, family and on social media.

You can share the contest info as well.

Good luck.

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Founders Featured on WRAL-TV’s Tar Heel Traveler on Valentine’s Night

On Valentine’s night Scott Mason, the Tar Heel Traveler, on WRAL-TV, Raleigh, did a fantastic job capturing us and our two very fun careers!

http://www.wral.com/lifestyles/travel/video/12110272/

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They make chocolate and write romance – another TV appearance for Thomas Marcy

The so-called “western” leg of YourNovel.com was burning up the airwaves in not one but two TV appearances the day before Valentine’s talking about putting you in a romance novel and making fudge, caramel apples and chocolate treats perfect to top your gift giving to the one you love.

Watch and listen in as Thomas Marcy, author of Wild West Love Fest and more, appear on Daytime at WJHL, New Channel 11, Johnson City, TN in the Tri-Cities area:

http://wjhl.com/…/13/kilwins-chocolates-fudge-and-ice-cream/

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Chocolatiers at Kilwin’s Asheville write romance for YourNovel.com

Thomas Marcy, a.k.a. Tom Gallagher and Marcy Thomas of Kilwin’s Asheville, are the authors of several books for YourNovel.com including Wild West Love Fest. (Photo courtesy of WLOS-TV)

The story of two local lovebirds is even sweeter when you consider the sometimes racy romance novels they have to their credit.

“It’s a very feel-good item,” Marcy Gallagher, co-owner of Kilwin’s Chocolates, Fudge, and Ice Cream in Downtown Asheville, said. “We wanted to bring love and joy to people.”

“When they taste a piece of fudge, they’ll do the happy dance,” she said simulating the dance. “They’ll go, ‘Oh my God, this is so good!'”

This time of year, confections are one sign of affection, but it’s not the only sign.

“Obviously, chocolate can be an aphrodisiac,” she said. “Cause it’s got ingredients that can, you know, get everything going.”

It only seems natural that Marcy’s inspired by her surroundings.

“So, sometimes in the oddest places, the ideas will come to us,” she said. “Oh, I’m gonna show you our covers.”

From “Heart of the Keys” to “The Treasure Seekers,” she writes steamy stories that can be personalized.

“It’s a romp,” she explained, comparing her writing style to Danielle Steele. “You star in your own personalized romance novel.”

It’s a Fabio-less idea, some might say.

Under the pen name Marcy Thomas, she has five books available on YourNovel.com. Customers answer questions online, and that information ends up in the final product.

“We’re up for anything,” Marcy said, who acknowledges it’s not always family-friendly.

“What kind of vixen are you going out with?” she laughs, sitting at home with her husband, Tom.

Reading an excerpt from “Wild West Love Fest,” husband Tom goes deep.

“I spotted this beautiful lady at the side of the road,” he read.

“Sexy voice!” Marcy said.

Tom’s central to an unexpected plot twist.

“And you’re beautiful friend here is the target of my desire,” he read.

The western fantasy wasn’t written by Marcy, it was actually Tom who took the reins at a difficult time.

“Just came out of left field when I was recovering,” he told News 13.

Last fall, Tom had brain surgery for a neurological condition. He was bedridden, but got busy on a book.

“Cause he told me, ‘I’m tired of watching daytime TV,'” Marcy recalled.

“She has always been the love of his life,” Tom read with that seductive voice. “From back in the days when love was new.”

Writing under the name Thomas Marcy, he cranked out “Wild West Love Fest” in four weeks–one more YourNovel.com title in the family.

“It’s not fabulous literature,” Tom said. “I don’t think anyone has to worry about a Pulitzer here, but it’s great fun.”

If you don’t take yourself too seriously, you might learn that writing isn’t necessarily brain surgery. Read between the lines, and you understand why fiction gave them something real to cling to.

“It’s just added a little spark to our lives,” he said.

With life, love and chocolate, the possibilities are endless.

“It would be so good to meld those ideas,” Marcy said.

So, if a romance revolving around chocolate emerges, you read about it here first.

Peruse the photo gallery that accompanied this story here.

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YourNovel.com featured on the Joan Hamburg Show, NYC

WABC, New York’s Joan Hamburg show gives a shoutout to YourNovel.com as a unique Valentine’s gift:

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Wilmington Star-News weighs in on YourNovel.com turning 25

Our thanks to Book Editor Ben Steelman, Wilmington Star-News, for the following on the paper’s blog Bookmarks:

OK, guys — and I know I’m mostly addressing you gentlemen out there — Valentine’s Day is now exactly one week away.

If you haven’t thought of a present or treat for your spouse/fiancée/Significant Other, you’d better do so quick. A pre-made bouquet from the grocery store? Marked–down Whitman’s Chocolates? A 99-cent card with kids’ fingerprints all over it? Doesn’t she (or he) deserve better than that?

How about her very own, personalized romance novel — with her as the heroine and you as the leading man?

That’s her purview of YourNovel.com, an online company run by the husband-and-wife team of Kathy Newbern and J.S. Fletcher, collaborating as “Fletcher Newbern.” The Raleigh-based couple have been doing this together since 1992, which means YourNovel is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

“We’re very grateful and very surprised,” Newbern said. “What could be better working together all day with the person you love?”

YourNovel offers 58 different story lines, ranging from straight, romances to historical fiction, mystery/detective yarns,  vampire tales or trysts set in exotic locales around the world. (Newbern and Fletcher, in another corner of their lives, are travel writers who’ve set foot on every continent on the globe.) There’s even a sports category for guys. Everything can be ordered at YourNovel.com.

Customers pick the plot line they like and the format (hardcover, paperback or e-book). They can provide a photo of themselves for the cover, if they like. Then, Newbern and Fletcher collect 25 details about the romantic couple, used to spice up and personalize the text. (Names, eye and hair color, favorite music group, nearest airport, etc. etc.)

“Mild” and “Wild” versions are available; Newbern says the “Wild” books are never graphic and use the normal eupheisms, but she doesn’t recommend them for readers younger than 18.

The YourNovel duo have been featured on NBC’s “Today Show,” People Magazine, USA Today and “The View.” The other day, they were even guests the other day on radios’ “John Boy and Billy” show.  Business has been so good, the couple have hired other writers to ghost new novels such as “Wild West Love Fest.”  (They’re in the market for more contributors and will email submission guidelines upon request.)

Customers run the gamut. Newbern says one gentleman orders a new romance every year for his wife — only the lovers are her and Sean Connery. Another, older gentleman ordered three different novels for three different women. (Newbern was careful to have the copies mailed to his address, to avoid embarrassing mix-ups.)

For your order, you get one, literally one-of-a-kind book. Prices begin at $49.95  for a paperback, $94.95 for a hardbound copy and $14.95 or less for selected e-books. Paperback are generally 170 pages long; hardcovers, 200-plus pages.

Sorry, the deadline just passed for Valentine’s orders this year. You can still order an e-book, or maybe you can plan this as a make-up gift. For more details, email comments@YourNovel.com.

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Chocolate rules at Valentine’s; so does starring in a romance novel together

Here’s a shoutout to our novelists Tom and Mary, who got good press today in the Asheville Post where Tim W. Jackson writes:

In the past century, chocolate has become synonymous with Valentine’s Day. The industrial revolution meant that chocolate could be mass produced, which decreased the costs associated with chocolate. By the 1930s, chocolate’s appeal was far-reaching, being advertised to children and of course being touted as an exquisite gift choice.

Asheville Is for Chocolate-Lovers
Fortunately for chocolate-lovers in Asheville, plenty of options exist to feed the beast! One of those is Kilwins, whose owner knows a little something about romance. She’s the author of four personalized romance novels. In fact, it was her romance writing that ultimately led Marcy Gallagher and husband, Tom, to Asheville. While living in Florida about 10 years ago, she entered a romance writing contest for YourNovel.com. Her short story won and as a prize she received a stay at the Grove Park Inn. A few years later, Marcy (who writes under the name Marcy Thomas) and Tom decided to start a new life, so they opened a Kilwin’s franchise in Asheville and then another in Black Mountain…. (read the rest of the story here)

Meanwhile, you can order one of Marcy Thomas or Thomas Marcy’s novels right now for Valentine’s Day 2017.

Marcy Thomas reads from her personalized romance novel Heart of the Keys

Here are the titles the two have available that you can star in with your real-life hero or heroine:

  • Wild West Love Fest, the newest offering from YourNovel.com, where you and your sweetie go back in time 150 years to the Old West with a town full of characters right out of central casting.
  • Rome: Diamonds, Danger and Desire is a sexy European adventure, where the starring male takes on the role of a lifetime — secret agent — or does he? He and his special lady look the part, too, zipping along Rome’s crowded streets in a cool Ferrari and hanging out with mysterious types, including a sultan who plans to purchase the world’s most perfect diamond.
  • Treasure Seekers is set in tropical Ft. Lauderdale, where the starring couple embarks on a treasure hunt promising adventure and riches only to and learn about life’s most precious treasure.
  • Heart of the Keys set in Key West provides intrigue and romance thanks to an 1848 love letter that holds a secret known only to a wealthy businessman with ill intent; an unusual gentleman enlists the aid of the hero and heroine to help foil an unsavory scheme.
  • Shore Thing 2 (a collaboration with Fletcher Newbern) features four personalized short stories set at Huntington Beach, CA, known as Surf City USA; Lake Powell, UT; South Beach in Miami, FL; and on Great Exuma Island in the Bahamas.
  • Season’s Greetings, Season’s Love, set in the Town of Harmony, where the winter holidays are a time of enchantment and celebration.

YourNovel’com’s titles are available year-round priced from $11 to $125. Most popular are paperbacks starting at $39.95. With more than 50 titles available this “season of love,” YourNovel.com has made it easy for customers to narrow the choices via its categories pages, such as Beaches and Cruises. Ebooks can be delivered right through Feb. 14, and the company is year-round.

(Read an excerpt from “Wild West Love Fest” at http://www.yournovel.com/catalog/ProductDetails/102.)

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EvansRadio says of YourNovel.com it’s the ‘most unique Valentine’s gift ever’

We’re always so appreciative when Mike Evans mentions us to all his listeners at EvansRadio, and this year was no differnt.

Mike noted: “It’s Valentine’s Day time again and I get tons of e-mails about how to get that personalized romantic novel for that special someone… it’s  YourNovel.com. They’re celebrating their 25th Anniversary and are still making the most unique, great Valentine’s gift ever, starring you and your sweetie… in a personalized romance novel. This year they even added a western theme. Go to YourNovel.com. Costs less than a dozen roses…”

Hear Mike’s report here. Thanks, Buddy!

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The Big Show’s John Boy and Billy laugh it up on air with Kathy, then put their spin on the new book, Wild West Love Fest

bigshow_sKathy started out her greeting to John Boy and Billy with, “Hello, Stud Muffin and Sugar Britches,” and the side-splitting laughs continued from there. “It’s my annual on air affair,” she said, proceeding to tell listeners of The Big Show about how fun and unique is is to star in a romance novel this Valentine’s Day with your own Honey Bunny.

Listen in to find out “why this is the perfect Valentine’s gift ever!”

Later, the notable good ole boys were kind enough to also read a bit from YourNovel.com’s newest book release, Wild West Love Fest by Thomas Marcy declaring it “really cool looking.” They were cracking up reading about Ricky B. Sharp and Lucy R., his wife. She calls him “Munchkin.” … “I was feelin’ her quiver a moment ago,” Billy quips.

You’ll enjoy getting in on the laughs by listening in.

Kathy on the air on The Big Show:

The Boys read from Wild West Love Fest:

 

 

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Asheville, NC, couple will sell you ice cream and put you in a romance novel

Tom and Marcy Gallagher appear on the cover of the new book they wrote for YourNovel.com, Wild West Love Fest with the pen name Thomas Marcy.

Tom and Marcy Gallagher appear on the cover of the new book they wrote for YourNovel.com, Wild West Love Fest with the pen name Thomas Marcy.

Visitors to Kilwin’s Chocolates, Fudge & Ice Cream in downtown Asheville often spot the colorful book covers framed on the wall. That’s when to their surprise, they discover that husband-wife shop owners Tom and Marcy Gallagher are writing romance novels when not working on a vat of double dark chocolate fudge.

“It’s a great reaction,” confides Marcy, “when I tell them, ‘Oh yes, we write novels, and you can actually star in our books.’ ” Under the pen names Marcy Thomas and Thomas Marcy, the pair has in fact produced half a dozen novels any couple can star in at YourNovel.com.

The publishing company, based in Raleigh, is the brainchild of another husband/wife team, J.S. Fletcher and Kathy Newbern, who write as Fletcher Newbern. Said Fletcher, “Our company’s actually celebrating its 25th year, and it’s been our absolute delight to work with the Gallaghers for 15 of those.” Newbern added, “Each year we release a new book, and this year’s is a rip-roaring hoot penned by Thomas Marcy. I promise, you’ll laugh out loud.”

Like all 50+ titles available at YourNovel.com, the new Wild West Love Fest can be personalized for any starring couple with more than 25 details using an easy, online form – including not only their names but eye and hair color, where they live and work, best friends, favorite music, sweet nicknames for each other, even their perfume and cologne. And, to make it fun, each book comes “wild” or “mild” in terms of romantic interludes.

In this latest novel, the starring couple rides horses into the Colorado mountains for a romantic picnic but are suddenly transported to the Wild West, circa 1870. They’re confronted by notorious pistol-packing outlaws, a love-sick gunslinger, a half-witted bounty hunter, a bevy of bodice-busting saloon girls, a less-than-ethical newspaper man, a quiet-but-wise Native American, a not-so-wise but good-hearted lawman and a cast of townsfolk straight out of central casting.

Said the Thomas, “You can’t believe how much fun it was to come up with this story line. It’s an idea Marcy and I had been bouncing around for a few years, but when we settled on it, the writing just started to flow.”

Said Newbern, “All the Kilwin’s fans in Asheville really have us to thank at least in a small way. Our relationship with the Gallaghers started when they lived in Florida, and Marcy won a trip to the Grove Park Inn in Asheville. We were running a romance writing contest for our 10th anniversary, and her story was selected for the resulting anthology Celebrating Romance. The trip was her prize, and Tom actually was the one who pointed the contest out to her.”

Marcy adds, “We fell in love with Asheville, and my sister had a successful Kilwin’s franchise in Florida, so we decided to take the plunge and here we are.”

(Read an excerpt from “Wild West Love Fest” at http://www.yournovel.com/catalog/ProductDetails/102.)

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Shipping Valentine’s 2017

Welcome to Valentine’s Day Shipping 2017

As of Feb. 10, we can only produce ebooks for Valentine’s Day delivery. Ebooks can be delivered within hours up through Feb. 14. You can view all 37 of them by clicking here: eBooks

(Updated As of today, Feb. 9 at 12:01 pm EST), we unfortunately will not be able to take any more orders for printed books that are intended for Valentine’s Day delivery. This is specifically because the printing plant where paperback books are made is currently experiencing a winter storm with 8 to 12 inches of snow and temperatures below 24 degrees. The staff that could get in is making books that have already been ordered and are posting them, but the weather conditions will slow the USPS as well.

Of course, if you do not need the book by Tuesday, February 14 – Valentine’s Day, please order anytime. We are year-round, and these books are great for anniversaries, weddings, birthdays and anytime to say, “I Love You.” And keep in mind that you can celebrate Valentine’s through the whole week, not just on the actual day.

Ebooks can be delivered within hours up through Feb. 14. You can view all of them by choosing eBooks from the pull-down Categories Menu.

Our long-standing policy remains in effect: no refunds will be issued due to weather issues. If planes can’t fly and trucks can’t roll, no mail will get delivered.

Weather and disasters are always beyond our power, and we hope all of us have none to be concerned with. However, we cannot be held accountable for delivery problems caused by circumstances beyond our control.

(UPDATE February 8, 2017 at 3:30 pm EST)

Our personalized novels are made one at a time, and Valentine’s is our busiest season.

For paperback book orders placed after 3:30 p.m. EST Feb. 8, you’ll have to use US EXPRESS Shipping for Valentine’s delivery. STANDARD US Priority Shipping is not guaranteed for delivery by Feb. 14.

Hardback book orders placed after 3:30 p.m. EST Feb. 8, are not likely to arrive by Valentine’s Day even if you use US EXPRESS Shipping.

Of course, if you do not need the book by Tuesday, February 14 – Valentine’s Day, please order anytime. We are year-round, and these books are great for anniversaries, weddings, birthdays and anytime to say, “I Love You.” And keep in mind that you can celebrate Valentine’s through the whole week, not just on the actual day.

Ebooks can be delivered within hours up through Feb. 14. You can view all of them by choosing eBooks from the pull-down Categories Menu.

If you are looking for guaranteed delivery dates, you will have to choose the EXPRESS (USPS Express Mail) shipping method. STANDARD shipping (USPS Priority Mail) is not and has never been guaranteed for delivery.

But please keep in mind that even with EXPRESS shipping, each book has to be handmade first, which means you cannot order today and expect shipment nor delivery tomorrow.

Our long-standing policy remains in effect: no refunds will be issued due to weather issues. If planes can’t fly and trucks can’t roll, no mail will get delivered.

Weather and disasters are always beyond our power, and we hope all of us have none to be concerned with. However, we cannot be held accountable for delivery problems caused by circumstances beyond our control.

UPDATE February 7, 2017 at 3:30 pm EST)

Our personalized novels are made one at a time, and Valentine’s is our busiest season. For paperback and hardback orders placed after 3:30 p.m. EST Feb. 7 we highly recommend US EXPRESS Shipping for Valentine’s delivery. STANDARD US Priority Shipping is not guaranteed for delivery by Feb. 14. Ebooks can be delivered within hours up through Feb. 14.

Hardback books cannot be delivered outside the US for Valentine’s. Printed paperbacks to Canada with International Express. Ebooks can be emailed anywhere.

If you are looking for guaranteed delivery dates, you will have to choose the EXPRESS (USPS Express Mail) shipping method. STANDARD shipping (USPS Priority Mail) is not and has never been guaranteed for delivery.

But please keep in mind that even with EXPRESS shipping, each book has to be handmade first, which means you cannot order today and expect shipment nor delivery tomorrow.

Our long-standing policy remains in effect: no refunds will be issued due to weather issues. If planes can’t fly and trucks can’t roll, no mail will get delivered.

Weather and disasters are always beyond our power, and we hope all of us have none to be concerned with. However, we cannot be held accountable for delivery problems caused by circumstances beyond our control.

(UPDATE February 5, 2017 at 5:30 pm EST)

At this time you should get your orders in for printed books (USA and Canada) as soon as you can. Orders going overseas will still be taken, but we cannot say we think they will be delivered by Valentine’s Day – a chance. Overseas customers should start thinking about ebooks, because they are delivered within hours.

(UPDATE February 3, 2017 at 11:30 am EST)

We are getting a lot of phone calls from people about whether they can get books by Valentine’s Day, which is Tuesday, Feb. 14.

The quick answer is  YES, but here is more explanation. Get your order in as soon as you can, and definitely by Sunday, Feb. 5, if you can. We will be uploading book orders over the weekend, and those orders will go to the printers on Monday. Those orders should have no problem getting to customers by using STANDARD USPS shipping ($8.50) and should arrive by the following Tuesday (February 14 – Valentine’s Day) in the USA. Our standing policy about using STANDARD USPS shipping carries no “guaranteed” delivery. Only using EXPRESS  Shipping ($32.50) carries a guarantee.

You will see more information in earlier posts that holds true.

Also keep in mind that ebooks are delivered within 24 hours to your email address.

(Posted on January 21, 2017)

Books ordered by Tuesday, February 7, using STANDARD USPS shipping ($8.50) should arrive by the following Tuesday (February 14 – Valentine’s Day) in the USA, but carry no “guaranteed” delivery unless using EXPRESS  Shipping ($32.50).

If you are looking for guaranteed delivery dates, you will have to choose the EXPRESS (USPS Express Mail) shipping method. STANDARD shipping (USPS Priority Mail) is not and has never been guaranteed for delivery.

But please keep in mind that even with EXPRESS shipping, each book has to be handmade first, which means you cannot order today and expect shipment nor delivery tomorrow.

Our long-standing policy remains in effect: no refunds will be issued due to weather issues. If planes can’t fly and trucks can’t roll, no mail will get delivered.

Weather and disasters are always beyond our power, and we hope all of us have none to be concerned with. However, we cannot be held accountable for delivery problems caused by circumstances beyond our control.

BOTTOM LINE: If you are concerned about getting your book by Valentine’s Day, get your order in as soon as possible so you won’t have to worry about not getting your book on time.

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Adventurous, sensuous honeymoons beyond the beach

 

Bangkok Chao Phraya River

Reported by J.S. Fletcher and Kathy M. Newbern

June brides  are very much at work planning for upcoming nuptials and honeymoons. Kensington Tours, an award-winning tour operator that provides private, guided tours to over 90 countries, has just issued its 2011-2012 Honeymoon Guide that calls not only to romance but also to adventure.

Kensington polled its team of Destination Experts to gather the most romantic and unique getaways. Below is a sampling of their favorite honeymoon ideas.

Exotic South East Asian Adventure
Tempting Thailand Tête-à-Tête
10 Days from $3,000 pp

Passionate yet playful, this private guided tour showcases the highlights of Bangkok, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai and Phuket. Couples will enjoy a romantic hot air balloon ride, starlit dinner cruise, private plunge pool, tantalizing traditional cuisine, tranquil palm lined beaches, bamboo huts, intimate boutique hotels and much more. This is the worry free to see Thailand. Perfect for those couples that want to go beyond the beach, this active tour features elephant interactions, river cruises, kayaking, private guide, driver, all internal flights and more. Ideal for honeymooners, exotic adventurers or those who want to rekindle the flame.

 

Polynesian Love Potion
Decadent Tahiti and Bora Bora Island Paradise
7 Days from $4,396 pp
Experience paradise personified with this exclusive Polynesian getaway to soul achingly gorgeous Moorea and one of the most romantic destinations in the world Bora Bora. You will stroll black sand beaches, cruise iridescent waters, snorkel underwater utopias, dine on fresh seafood, sail reef fringed islands, visit a Tiki village and still enjoy plenty of free time! The ideal fusion of relaxation and entertainment, couples will stay in enchanting over-water villas. Featuring celebrated resorts, private guide, driver, boat cruises, internal flights and more!

Savory and Sensuous Epicurean Adventure
Mendoza Vineyards and Buenos Aires
7 Days from $3,115 pp

You will discover the “Paris of South America” and celebrated vineyards with this sense stimulating private tour of Buenos Aires and Mendoza. Your clients will dine on traditional BBQ, learn to play polo, watch a seductive tango show and taste their way through the sensuous Mendoza wine region. From grape to bottle, you and your honey will receive an intimate look into the winemaking process as they tour Andeluna Cellers, Bodega Salentein, Ruca Malen, Belasco de Baquedano and Bodega Catena Zapata. You will taste renowned wines with a focus on the region’s famous Malbecs, flavors enhanced by breathtaking views of the Andes Mountains.

First Class Kasbahs and Arabian Nights
Enticing Morocco Exclusive
8 Days from $4,696 pp

Enchantingly exotic, sophisticated and intimate, this luxurious private tour is a romantic escape fit for a sultan. Fall under Morocco’s spell as you’re charmed by the passionate colors, breathtaking architectural treasures and exotic opulence experienced on this privately guided tour of Marrakech, the High Atlas Mountains and Essaouria. Explore ancient harems, lush gardens, mesmerizing palaces, bustling bazaars, sundrenched Berber villages and more magnificent historical highlights. Enjoy sipping mint tea in Sir Richard Branson’s Kasbah, a romantic streamside picnic, an awe-inspiring trek through the legendary Atlas Mountains and relaxing in barefoot luxury on the beaches of Essaouria. Featuring first class properties, private guide and driver. – Memories of your vacation will rival the stories in 1001 Arabian Nights!

Passionate, Playful and Chic
Cape Town, Sabi Sand and Mozambique
12 Days from $8,400 pp

A vacation should always stimulate the senses and this sophisticated tour of the Cape

You can star in African Safari: Wild Life, Wild Love

Town’s delights, Kruger’s prestigious Sabi Sands Game Reserve and Mozambique is the ultimate romantic getaway. Led by private guide and driver, you will discover Table Mountain, take a breathtaking coastal drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, visit the penguins of Boulders Beach, go on a winery, chocolate and fromagerie tour and more. Embark to Kruger and your luxury safari camp located in Sabi Sand, the most exclusive game park in Africa. There, lovers will delight in sunrise and sunset drives through the world’s most famous Big Five wildlife region.

Afterward, it’s off to Mozambique for 5-Star relaxation. Famous for pristine white beaches, unparalleled diving and stunning tropical forests it is the ideal conclusion to this luxurious escapade. Featuring 5-Star properties, private guide and driver, gourmet cuisine, private plunge pool, VIP custom treatment, helicopter transfers and more- This package will deliver to any couple the South African experience of their dreams.

 

Adventurous and Sensuous
Jamaican Honeymoon Villa Paradise
8 Days from $6,500
Lose yourself in spectacular sunsets, white sandy beaches and the alluring island vibe of Jamaica with this romantic island retreat. Experience your own secluded paradise on the tranquil side of southern Jamaica, elegant Bluefield’s Bay. This exotic two-bedroom ocean front villa is fully equipped and comes with every service and amenity you could yearn for– experienced personal chef, maid service and daily housekeeping. All-inclusive, you can sit with your friendly gourmet chef and plan your meals or leave it up to their expertise!  Enjoy private plunge pool, tranquil beaches, lobster dinners, dining al fresco, spa treatments, kayaking, private transfers and much more. Speak to your Kensington Destination Expert about coordinating everything you need for the ultimate romantic retreat!

Any of Kensington Tours’ choices could lead to your “time of a lifetime,” and there are more selections on the website: Kensington Tours.

And if you can’t afford an expensive honeymoon right now, consider going on an armchair adventure by starring in one of YourNovel’s personalized romance novels, which start at $39.95.

Or if you are looking for a great bridal shower, wedding, or anniversary gift, send the loving couple on a luxury vacation where he is the hero and she is the heroine doing some pretty wild and crazy things at exotic settings all over the world. In fact, YourNovel has books set in several of the locations Kensington Tours has suggested in their guide: Island of Love set in Tahiti, African Safari: Wild Life, Wild Love set in Zambia, and two books set in Jamaica: Negril Everlasting and Jamaica Rendezvous.

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International Travel Examiner J.S. Fletcher and spouse, Kathy M. Newbern, report on luxury destinations, spas and cruising around the globe. They are award-winning members of the Society of American Travel Writers and created YourSpaReport.com and YourNovel.com, their personalized romance novel business.

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Africa luxury safari offerings/star in the book

Ellie and her baby

Reported by J.S. Fletcher and
Kathy M. Newbern

Southern Africa is a long way from North America, so there is a time commitment involved getting there, but the trip is worth it, taking you to a world away from everything here and to a place where wild creatures still roam the earth.

Since the early days, people have gone on safari to Africa to see and, in some cases to hunt, big game animals. The “Big Five” (rhino, elephant, leopard, lion and Cape buffalo) were deemed the most dangerous to hunt, and thus they were the most prized. We went to see and shoot (with camera) not only the animals, but also to meet the people and view the incredible land that in many ways is frozen in time.

Our safari was hardly roughing it, because we went through Abercrombie & Kent (A&K), a luxury travel company that organizes trips throughout the world, including their line of luxury tent safaris in Africa. With A&K, it’s adventure by day, and luxury by night, something we appreciate. We stayed at Sanctuary Retreats, whose tents are more like penthouse suites.

There are always new experiences being offered for trips throughout Southern Africa.

Many of you have likely seen animals at theme parks, the zoo, or the circus, but until you see them in the open range or hear their screams, grunts, and growls outside your tent at night will you get the real feel of their power and presence.

You can star in African Safari: Wild Life, Wild Love

If you want to go to Africa, many companies offer tours, so calling your travel agent is a smart thing to do. A&K does an excellent job organizing adventures there, and you can get info about their trips at www.abercrombiekent.com or by calling 800-554-016.

If you can’t make it to Southern Africa to go on safari, you can take a great armchair adventure through YourNovel.com’s African Safari: Wild Life, Wild Love, a personalized adventure-romance novel set in Zambia. That’s right, it’s personalized: you and your love are the main characters in the book. We wrote it based on our luxury tent safari there, and you will really get a feel of what it’s like to go on safari by being in the book.

 

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Valentine’s Special for Feb 12

The Valentine’s Specials that were posted on Feb 9 expired according to their conditions.

At this time, only eBooks are available for Valentine’s Delivery. Ebooks are delivered as PDFs anywhere as long as you provide a valid email address.

We are still offering this one special for Valentine’s.

• Free eBook now with Hardback delivered later

Order any hardback book for delivery after Valentine’s Day and get a free eBook in time for Valentine’s delivery, sent as an electronic pdf file to a valid email address. To take advantage of this special, you MUST type the word EBOOK in the Comments box when you place an order online for any hardback book. EBOOK is not a discount code, so do not enter it there – put it in the Comments box when it asks you for where you heard about us.

Just order at http://www.yournovel.com. We will automatically take your order form for your hardback book – the details about the starring couple – and place that information in our eBook called Great Exuma set on the Caribbean island where several of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies were filmed. No substitutions are possible for other eBooks.

Important note: This offer is only applicable to those orders stating EBOOK in the Comments box when ordering a hardback book now through 10 a.m. EST,  February 14, 2011, when the offer expires. We will only send an eBook if you type in the word.

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Valentine’s Shipping Update: (Sat, Feb. 12 at 9:35 a.m.)

At this time, (Sat, Feb. 12 at 9:30 a.m.) only  eBooks are deliverable electronically as PDFs for Valentine’s Delivery. You must provide a valid email address.

All books that were deliverable by Val Day thru this morning have been made and shipped accordingly.

If you have questions, it is best to email us and include your order number.

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2 Valentine’s Shipping Specials: Read Carefully

We don’t want anyone disappointed for Valentine’s, so we’ve added these 2 last-minute specials:

1: Free eBook now with Hardback delivered later

Order any hardback book for delivery after Valentine’s Day and get a free eBook in time for Valentine’s delivery, sent as an electronic pdf file to an email address. To take advantage of this special, you MUST type the word EBOOK in the comments box when you place an order online for any hardback book. Just order at http://www.yournovel.com. We will automatically take your order form for your hardback book – the details about the starring couple – and place that information in our eBook called Great Exuma set on the Caribbean island where several of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies were filmed. No substitutions are possible for other eBooks.

Important note: This offer is only applicable to those orders stating EBOOK in the comments box when ordering a hardback book now through February 14, 2011, when the offer expires.

2: Get Your Plain Paperback Novel by Valentine’s Day

Order any plain paperback by 2 p.m. EST, Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, shipped to a United States mailing address, select Priority Mail shipping, and we will automatically upgrade your order to Express Shipping. But you MUST order Priority Mail shipping but type UPGRADE in the comments box when ordering online at http://www.YourNovel.com.

Important Notes: You will still pay the regular $7 U.S. shipping, but we will send your order via U.S. Post Office Express mail (normally $30). No other express service option will be used; only USPS. Additionally, if you choose Express Shipping on your own, we will not refund the price difference.

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Valentine’s Shipping Update: (Feb. 9 at 10 p.m.)

There is still time to get Valentine’s delivery on some YourNovel.com novels, but only on these select items: Plain paperbacks are still available for U.S. delivery with US Express shipping only (see 2 Valentine’s Shipping Specials), and eBooks are deliverable through Feb. 14th electronically as PDFs.

All hardback books and paperback books with photo added cannot be delivered by Valentine’s Day. Neither can Out-of-Country orders (anything not shipping to a U.S.A. address).

See our 2 Valentine’s Shipping Specials in this Blog for details on ordering a bound hardback novel for delivery after Valentine’s Day and get a free eBook in time for Valentine’s delivery to an email address. Also, we’re upgrading plain paperback books to express shipping (you still pay regular shipping) for orders received by Fri., Feb. 11, 2011, 2 p.m. EST – only if you follow the instructions in the 2 Valentine’s Shipping Specials.

Please keep in mind that we are year-round, and our books are great gifts for all occasions. Thanks, as always, for your support.

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Your Carolina, WSPA-TV, had fun with YourNovel.com

Kathy had a super fun time with Jack and Kimberly, hosts of Your Carolina on WSPA-TV, Greenville/Spartanburg, SC.

Click here to see the segment.

This show about the Carolinas tapes daily in Greenville, SC, at Michelin on Main, the Michelin Store. The only other one is in Paris, by the way. Yes, impressive.

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